First Lady Jill Biden To Visit COVID-19 Vaccine Sites In Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee

 CITY OF WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, June 22, First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee where she will visit vaccine sites and encourage everyone in these communities to get vaccinated.

These trips are part of the Administration’s nation-wide tour to reach millions of Americans who still need protection against the virus, highlight the ease of getting vaccinated, and mobilize grassroots vaccine education and outreach efforts. 

Nashville COVID-19 Update

The Tennessee Department of Health announced receipt of a $38.8 million award from the Centers for Disease Control to address the COVID-19 virus. 

“We know COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color and vulnerable populations in Tennessee,” said Kimberly Lamar, PhD, assistant commissioner, Division of Health Disparities Elimination. “We are appreciative of this award and believe it will be a great investment for Tennesseans as we continue our work to address health inequities. The funding will be used to implement a coordinated and holistic approach that builds on culturally, linguistically, and locally tailored strategies and best practices to reduce COVID-19 risk across the state of Tennessee.”

“The National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities is groundbreaking funding which represents the CDC’s largest investment to date focusing specifically on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19 and will provide much needed support to directly address the issues in communities that need it most.”

Nashville Department of Health has also implementing a COVID-19 vaccine campaign. “Vaccines: Safe, proven, effective, and eligible for all Tennesseans aged 12+! Book your appointment today and play your part in preventing COVID-19.”

Mississippi COVID-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 and seven coronavirus-related deaths Friday-Sunday.

Since the virus hit the state in March 2020, a total of 320,107 cases and 7,378 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported. 

According to a New York Times database, at least 90 new coronavirus deaths and 4,063 new cases were reported in the U.S. on Sunday. Over the past week, there has been an average of 11,138 cases per day, a decrease of 18% from the average two weeks earlier.

The health department on Monday reported 10 outbreaks at Mississippi nursing homes. There have been 10,511 cases of the coronavirus in long-term care facilities and 1,984 deaths reported as of Thursday, the latest figures available.

Residents between the ages of 25 and 39 represent the largest portion of the infected population in the state, with 71,168 cases reported Tuesday, the latest figure available. Among patients under 18, children between the ages of 11 and 17 have the highest infection rate, with 24,826 cases identified. The 65 and older age group has the highest total number of deaths with 5,615 reported.

According to health department data, 1,071,623 people have begun the vaccination process in Mississippi, as of Thursday morning. Since December, about 952,865 people are fully immunized against COVID-19.

Approximately 310,189 people are presumed recovered from the virus as of Tuesday, the latest figure available, according to the health department’s website.

DeSoto County has the highest number of reported cases in the state with 22,291, followed closely by Hinds County with 20,741, Harrison County with 18,444, Rankin County with 13,917 and Jackson County with 13,731.

Jackson metro area cases, deaths

Hinds County

Total deaths: 421

Total cases: 20,741

Madison County

Total deaths: 224

Total cases: 10270

​​​​​Rankin County

Total deaths: 282

Total cases: 13,917

Source: White House , Tennessee Department of Health, and the Clarion Ledger contributed to the article.

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